Stephen Hamway
The Bulletin

The former director of a Redmond charter school awaiting trial on several sex-abuse charges has disappeared, and police say his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet has been removed.

Redmond police are searching for Michael Tallman, who changed his name from Michael Bremont in 2017, according to Redmond Police Department Lt. Curtis Chambers. Chambers said police found Tallman’s ankle bracelet in the Bend area Wednesday afternoon, and believe he was planning to flee the state.

Detectives are trying to track Tallman, 45, using a variety of local resources, according to a news release from the police department.

Tallman, the one-time director of Redmond Proficiency Academy, was arrested in January on 10 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, related to a sexual relationship with a female student that began when the girl was 17, according to The Bulletin’s archives.

Before that, Tallman had been convicted in 2012 of two felonies, one of which related to sex abuse with a former academy student. The relationship began when the student was 15. It evolved from flirtatious text messages into sex abuse in Tallman’s motor home during a school trip, according to The Bulletin’s archives. A subsequent investigation revealed a prior sexual relationship with an underage student at Central Linn High School in Halsey, where Tallman worked as principal until 2006.

He served about 14 months of a 21-month prison sentence before being released early for good behavior in 2014.

Later that year, however, Tallman violated the terms of his parole by leaving the state, and was sent back to prison.

Last summer, a second academy student filed a report claiming that Tallman sexually abused her before she turned 18. Tallman pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this year, and a jury trial date was set for Tuesday. Chambers said Tallman had been living in the Bend area on the condition that he wear an ankle bracelet to track his location until the trial date.

This is not the first time Redmond police have run into problems with ankle bracelets. Chambers said another man awaiting trial, Ezekiel Sandoval-Garcia, cut off his ankle bracelet and fled ahead of a trial date last October.

The police department is asking anyone with information about Tallman’s whereabouts to call the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch non-emergency line at 541-693-6911, or their local law enforcement agency.

— Reporter: 541-617-7818, shamway@bendbulletin.com

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